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Slippers and Cowl

Here are the orange slippers I made for my son. I used Patons Classic Wool Roving Bulky which I substituted for holding two strands of worsted wool...much nicer to work with. Very soft. About 4 sts/in.

The cowl is made with Malabrigo Rasta Pure Merino Wool, super bulky in Ravelry Red...2 - 2.5 sts/in. I apologize for the blurry photos, but the red is so vibrant, it is hard to photograph.

Anyone Know Which Stitch This Is?

I bought a blanket awhile ago and it said it was made in a sweater stitch. I'm not sure what that is and can't find it. Here's a picture. It's as clear as I could get it. I don't know what I would use it for. It drapes...that's pretty much it's function, other than holding body heat well. It wouldn't be good as a sweater unless you wanted one that would probably keep growing as you wear it.

Simple Cowl

You can tell when I am homebound because of snow and cold. I knit like a madman! I made a cowl out of a Berroco yarn similar to the scarf I made. It's a bulkier weight, so I used US10 needles and, again like the scarf, I simply did a 2x2 rib. Ken, I used the miraculous bind off you mentioned and it worked well. I still get a bit of a fluted and, but that's probably because there is so much yarn to work with. It's got a greener metallic tinge to it, but it will go well as extra protection to the wicked cold we are having this winter.

Stretchy Bind Off Suggestions Needed

I have finished the torso of my sweater and now need to do a stretchy bind off 1x1 rib. I have used Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind off on socks and it gives a bit of a ruffled edge, small but still there. I am wondering if there is another stretch bind off that doesn't give that effect. I don't think I need it to be that stretchy either. What have you all used?

Two Projects At Once

While knitting the torso of my sweater, I needed something to break up the monotony of that, so I decided to make some slippers. They are Saturday Morning Slippers by Kristin Spurkland from her book the Knitting Man(ual). I'll get one slipper done tonight, just five more rows of twisted garter stitch for the ankle cuff. I'm having fun with both projects but I will tell you, working with twisted garter stitches (knitting through the back loop) with double strands of wool and bamboo DPNs is rough on the finger muscles.

Enjoy.

Mark

Paton Patterns

Earlier Peter Mark asked if anyone had the pattern for the Warm Thoughts Throw he wanted to finish. I emailed the good folks at Patons, now Yarnspirations.com and inquired about it. It's an old pattern book from 1997, which is now out of print. They no longer carry it, but they were lovely and sent me the entire book of patterns. They also sent the photos under separate cover, so I merged the two files together and the book is now intact.

Looking For Neon Orange Wool Yarn

Hello guys! My son has requested a pair of slippers from The Knitting Man(ual). He wants neon orange, or at the least very bright orange. I want to make them for him in 100% wool, without spending an arm and a leg. I can find plenty of acrylic neon orange yarn. I found some yarn that is close to 100%, but not in the neon/bright colors. We want to keep the cost down to about $20 and I will need two balls of worsted weight yarn with at least 130 yds.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.

Mark

Housebound Knitting

My school district canceled school today, so I busied myself getting a project done for a friend of mine. Initially, I was just planning on doing the socks, but had enough yarn left over to do a hat as well. So, he gets both. I tried something different with the socks. I used the heavy worsted wool, but instead of using the recommended US7 or US8 needles, I used US5. Since the socks were being done by following a math proportion pattern, I just had to focus on inches instead of number of stitches. My goal was to make very thick feeling socks. It worked.